Mushrooms, they are amazing at opening your mind to new thought patterns. It is like having someone hold your minds hand and lead it down paths you never thought to think down. They also show your body new feelings and your eyes details you could never of noticed before. When your vision is zooming in onto a fractal pattern in the fibers of some fabric everything truly stands still, when you can see every minute ripple in your skin and its flawless movement as you move your body.
I believe Entheogens are here to show us what states we can achieve so that it is easier for us to replicate the state while sober. Meditating on mushroom's is intense, so many realisations are made. The best way to approach these things is with respect, they are very powerful plants that can be your best friend or your worst enemy (either by showing you the way down the spiral staircase or by pushing you straight down the rabbit hole)
I don't believe in a bad trip, every trip I have experienced has always been good even if at the time it feels negative or scary I believe there is a reason it is and you have something to learn from it usually it is to confront a fear you may be holding onto.
Personally I would steer clear of artificial substances with the exception being LSD although I would only recommend taking it once a year, I have friends who have been on the other side a bit too much again everything is down to moderation and responsibility. Definitely keep away from research chemicals such as 2ci and 2cb.
I think some of the best are; Mushrooms, Salvia (chewed fresh leaf, not smoked extract), DMT (in ayahuasca or similar extraction method) Peyote cacti, and obviously Cannabis. Mixing can be very useful although you have to find the right way through trial and error for instance smoking cannabis at the beginning of a mushroom trip can create a very confusing trip but if you wait until you are coming down it can kick the visuals back in and give your trip another life.
I think keeping as natural as possible is the way forward, messing around with chemistry is probably damaging to the energy of the substance.
These things should not be illegal, being stupid should be illegal. If people were educated properly there would not be misuse of substances in the first place.
I haven't, but I feel it would be a personal choice to do so. I admitt I am also curious to know how it would affect a person's spiritual growth. I'm not saying I condone breaking the law, just saying I believe there's something intriguing about it or many cultures wouldn't have used (or still use) etheogens as part of their ceremonies or personal enlightenment.
answered 08 Feb '13, 15:37
Drugs for spiritual experience....Sounds like something out of the 60's!
But it has been the practice of some American Indian tribes to use peyote (especially) for spiritual enlightenment. It is found out in nature, and should be prepared by a trained American Indian Shaman, who would lead your quest into the spirit realm...But only if it was deemed necessary and very, very important.
I leanred about this while training to be a Shaman...my teacher told me about vision quests he had been on, and that he preferred, personally, not to use any drugs for a vision quest. He often said that it is sometimes hard to understand what you see with peyote.
I also would rather stay away from hallucinogenic drugs--they were given to me as a child against my will as part of my Satanic Ritual Abuse...I still get flashbacks from them, even decades later, which is a real good reason NOT to use these drugs!.
I guess I have answered your question side-ways, at best. But I thought that some info on this would be good.
answered 08 Feb '13, 17:30
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